Gambling has been on the rise in Kenya currently estimated to be 76 percent according to the surveying platform Geopoll. This mostly been youths estimated to be of age 15 to 35 years of age.
However, gamblers and betting companies are yet to receive a blow after a new regulation termed as ‘Gaming Bill 2019’ seeks to regulate betting on mobile phones with a target to youths as the majority.
“The Bill seeks to restrict use of telecommunication platforms as media for gambling in Kenya,” said the chair of the National Assembly’s Sports, Culture and Tourism committee, Victor Munyaka, at a media briefing.
The bill which is sponsored by the parliamentary committee will go through its first reading at the National Assembly next week.
Currently in Kenya. Betting, Lotteries and Gaming is governed by the governed Act of 1966 which according to professionals the law has been outdated by the modern technology which have facilitated youths been exposed to the negative impact of betting.
The bill is targeting to address the addiction of gambling and also regulate uncontrolled advertisement.
The blow will be a blow on SportPesa, Betin, Betika, Betway and 1xBet, which run adverts to entice more customers.
According to statistics it is estimated that within a day a normal youth spends over 5000 Kenyan shillings on betting which they later end up loosing and getting into the bad books of lenders after failing to repay loans borrowed to finance their gambling habit.
It is estimated that currently betting firms owe the Kenya Revenue Authority Sh26 billion in unpaid taxes.